[DOE-Arts] Maine DOE VPA Weekly Newsletter!

Menifield, Nathaniel J Nathaniel.J.Menifield at maine.gov
Fri Oct 5 17:03:55 EDT 2018

Welcome to the Maine Department of Education Visual and Performing Arts Weekly Newsletter!
This service is designed to keep Maine educators informed about current issues, upcoming opportunities, and visual and performing arts resources for consideration. Do not respond to this message or post messages to the ListServ as this is not a discussion forum. Please forward this message to others who may want to join the ListServ. Just click here<https://mailman.informe.org/mailman/listinfo/doe-arts> to subscribe.
Thought for the Week: "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." ~ Scott Adams
A Note from Nate: Happy Friday! Over the past few weeks, I've had the pleasure of representing the DOE and Maine's VPA educators at two national conferences: the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) Annual Convening in Indianapolis, and the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) annual conference (whose most recent focus was "Arts Education within ESSA") in Kansas City. Although I may have spent more of September in the Midwest than my home state, I was reminded repeatedly of just how special Maine's VPA community is. I'm also pleased to report that there are many individuals in many organizations across the country who are working tirelessly to ensure that the arts remain both relevant and available to ALL students. Because you can never hear it too much, THANK YOU to each of you for working to do the same in our small corner of the world. It's appreciated, it matters, and it's having more of a positive impact than you may realize. That said, I returned from my Midwest adventure with a gift for you - a long weekend!  I hope it's relaxing and enjoyable; you've certainly earned it!

With appreciation,


Fresh Chapters Book Club: It's time for a new season of the Fresh Chapters Book Club! This exciting professional learning opportunity allows VPA teachers to connect virtually and have meaningful discussion, exchange new ideas, and earn valuable contact hours. This session's featured read will be LAUNCH: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani (read about the book and the authors here<http://thelaunchcycle.com/>). We will meet 4-5 times via Zoom, with specific dates to be determined by participants once registration has closed (each session will be scheduled for 1.5 hours). The first TWENTY individuals to register will receive a free book! If you're lucky number twenty-one, not to worry;  find a copy of your own, and you can still be a part of the fun. Register HERE<http://events.egov.com/eventreg/ME/event.htm?name=freshchapterslaunch>! (The deadline to register is Monday, October 15th.)
Spotlight Schools: Do you know of a certified teacher doing great things in their Maine public school's curricular dance, music, theatre, or visual art program? Nominate them to be recognized as a Spotlight School! This is a great way to acknowledge the abundance of talent in our state, and the nomination process is a breeze! Simply reply to this message or send an e-mail to nathaniel.j.menifield at maine.gov<mailto:nathaniel.j.menifield at maine.gov> with the following information:
*         Your name (nominator)
*         Name of PreK-12, certified, public school teacher (nominee)
*         Nominee's primary area (dance, music, theatre, or visual art)
*         Nominee's school or school district
*         A brief reason for the nomination
Attention Theatre Teachers: You and a guest are invited to Portland Stage's second annual Teacher's Night Out on Saturday, November 17th. Enjoy an evening of theater, snacks, and drinks, all for FREE. The evening will begin with a reception in our Theater for Kids space where you will have the opportunity to learn more about our education programming, followed by a complimentary performance of Refuge Malja. If you would like to attend, email education at portlandstage.org<mailto:education at portlandstage.org> with your name, the name of your guest (if applicable), your school, and the grade(s) and subject(s) you teach. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Northern New England Collegiate Symposium on Music Education: The 10th Annual Northern New England Collegiate Symposium on Music Education will take place on Saturday, October 20th, from 8:30am to 4pm at the University of Southern Maine School of Music in Gorham, Maine. The featured presenter will be Dr. Peter Webster.  Many of you are familiar with Dr. Webster's impressive career as teacher, researcher, author and scholar in the field of creativity and music creativity. Bonus round - Peter is from Maine!

He will present three sessions: Creativity and Creativity in Music, Teacher Creativity, and Using Teacher Creativity to Help Students Discover Their Own Creativity. In between these session will be several others focusing on creative practices across K-12 settings (Escape Rooms, Wii Tech Improvisation, Composing for K-2, and so on). Lunch will be provided and 0.6 CEUs are available.

To register, please visit:


Art Awards/Competitions: (Please see the following communication from the Maine College of Art)
We are happy to announce the opening of the 2019 Maine Region Scholastic Art Award Competition and the 2019 Congressional Art Competition! We invite your students to submit artwork to participate in these juried competitions. Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation's youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community-young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers-along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.

The Congressional Art Competition takes place each spring, when the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since this competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.
Maine College of Art is pleased to be hosting both Scholastics and the Congressional Art Awards this year. For complete details on student eligibility, competition categories, jury criteria, important dates and deadlines, and more, please visit meca.edu/info-for/educators/maine-region-art-awards/ or artandwriting.org<https://www.artandwriting.org/>.
Memory Project: The Memory Project is a nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create portraits as special gifts for children facing challenges around the world.  Since 2004 they've created more than 130,000 portraits for children in 45 countries, and our participating art teachers consistently tell us this is one of their students' very favorite activities. Want to learn more about getting involved with your students? Check out their work here<https://www.memoryproject.org/>.
Through Shakespeare in Maine Communities: Theater at Monmouth has provided literature-based education tours in schools and community centers since 2005. For 2018, they'll present King Lear (for grades 5-12) to deepen understanding of, appreciation for, and connection to classic literature. King Lear will tour to schools and community centers across the state from October 8-28 with student matinee and public performances in Cumston Hall October 12 through 15. For more information or to download reservation forms, visit www.theateratmonmouth.org/education-tours<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=&msgid=0&act=111111&c=1057170&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theateratmonmouth.org%2Feducation-tours>.
Midcoast Maine Art Education Resource Guide: Looking for arts resources and opportunities in the Midcoast region? Check out this fantastic resource for educators and families here<http://www.maineartresources.com/>!
 Music Matters 2018: This updated resource<https://www.ecs.org/music-matters/> explores the demonstrated effects of music education and how it helps students develop the foundational capacities for lifelong success.
Fort Fairfield: K-12 Art Position available. Find more information here<https://www.servingschools.com/job/8me8en/k-12-art-teacher/fort-fairfield/me>.
Maine College of Art: Maine College of Art (MECA) invites applications for a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor of Art
Education. Find more information and apply here<https://www.meca.edu/about/employment/faculty-positions/>.
Oxford Hills: Elementary Art Position available. Find more information here<https://sad17.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx>.
AOS #96: Machias/E.Machias MUSIC POSITION. Find more information here<https://servingschools.com/job/uq92rs/full-time-music-teacher/machias/me>.
Houlton: K-5 music position. Apply on Serving Schools here<https://www.servingschools.com/job/5smla2/full-time-elementary-school-music-teacher/houlton/maine>.
MDIRSS: Conners Emerson School; Bar Harbor; Instrumental Music -- 83% time. FMI<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kPVTJPivE_luMgd1pemv9JG7NvbmhKL4-plIs0M6fSw/edit>.
Moosabec CSD: Pre-K-12 Music Teacher; Jonesport. Find out more on Serving Schools here<https://www.servingschools.com/job/xubsq3/prek-12-music-teacher/jonesport/me>.
MSAD #37 Harrington/Addison/Milbridge: Find out more here<https://servingschools.com/job/adzn5s/music-teacher/harrington/me>.
Mt. Blue School District: K-5 General Music/9-12 Choral<https://www.servingschools.com/job/w2hx6b/teacher-music/farmington/me>; Farmington/Wilton. Check out the link for more information and to apply.
Portland Public Schools: Elementary Music Teacher; Presumpscot School. Find out more on Serving Schools here<https://www.servingschools.com/job/jr5mhf/part-time-music-teacher-(fte-60)-presumpscot-elementary-school-(983)/portland/maine>.                                                                                   .
Waterville Public Schools: MUSIC TEACHER -- 50% -- ALBERT S. HALL SCHOOL is looking for a music educator to teach music classes to grades 4 and 5 students, recorder exploration classes to all grade 4 students, beginning choral program for grade 5 students, and an adaptive music class.
Please apply to: Eric L. Haley, Superintendent of Schools - Kennebec Valley Consolidated Schools, AOS #92 - 25 Messalonskee Avenue - Waterville, ME   04901.
Nate Menifield
Visual & Performing Arts Specialist/Regional Education Representative (Cumberland County)
Standards & Instructional Supports Team
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333
(207) 624-6824  (Office)
(207) 592-3524  (Cell)
nathaniel.j.menifield at maine.gov<mailto:nathaniel.j.menifield at maine.gov>
MDOE - Visual & Performing Arts Website<https://www.maine.gov/doe/arts/>

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